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  1. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    It varies widely, including by region. In the US, the Curiosity Rover was barely available - sold only via phone and online orders (not in stores), and even then it sold out in a couple days; it became briefly available again several months later, but sold out again about as quickly as before. I think its total availability was less than a week, split into two periods of two or three days a few months apart. However, it was sold in stores (not even just LEGO Stores, but ordinary stores) overseas, and was available for months. On the other hand, the Ghostbusters Ectomobile was around for roughly two years (with a few stores keeping it available a while after LEGO itself ran out). It came out in June 2014 (just in time for the movie’s 30th anniversary) and remained available long enough for its availability to overlap a few months with that of the firehouse headquarters, released early 2016. I don’t have lots of hard data, but I will say it appears to me the Ideas sets based on licensed pop-culture entertainment properties tend to stick around longer than the other ones, which bodes well for the TRON set, I’m happy to say (since I want it but haven’t gotten it yet myself). But I wouldn’t count on it remaining a full year - IIRC, the Doctor Who, WALL•E, and The Big Bang Theory sets all were discontinued a little less than a year after release, though one could still get them at other stores for a while longer - so it’d probably be good to pick up the TRON set before too much longer.
  2. They already began doing this, years ago, and beyond the important environmental considerations, they themselves have reason to want smaller packages (since it means more stock can fit in a shipping container or on a store shelf, and it saves on packaging costs). I don’t profess to be an expert, but I suspect the main impediment to going even smaller is that the automated production / packing processes require the boxes for a certain set to be a certain size, in order to ensure the bags of parts all go in where they’re supposed to.
  3. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Supporter #7. Nicely done, and best of luck!
  4. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I think I’d email them. :) __________________________________ We didn’t note it here at the time, but on Monday of this week they published the first 10K Club interview for the upcoming fall review results. This one features the accomplished Alexander Paschoaletto, creator of the Embraer A-29 Super Tocano (Smoke Squadron) product idea. The next announcement should now be about nine or ten weeks away.
  5. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Heh! I wasn’t sure anyone saw my post before I edited it; I made this big long thing about the rules as I understand them, and decided to remove it because it came across to me as obnoxious and trying to make myself out to be some sort of authority, when I’m actually far from it. That said, though... the answer to your question is yes. The other stuff I talked about was my interpretation of things, but here the rules are quite clear - they will accept no more projects based on licenses they’ve already used for CUUSOO / Ideas sets. So, no more projects will be accepted that are based on the Shinkai 6500 submersible, the Hayabusa probe, Junichiro Kawaguchi, Minecraft, Back to the Future, the Curiosity rover, Ghostbusters, The Big Bang Theory, WALL•E, Doctor Who, Caterham automobiles, the Beatles / Yellow Submarine, Adventure Time, the Apollo mission Saturn V rockets, Margaret Hamilton, Mae Jemison, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman, TRON, or Voltron. Some of those had multiple submissions already, and any projects that were already there when they instituted the new rule back in April of last year were left alone rather than being archived, and if any of them are still actively gathering votes now and make their vote goals, they’ll be evaluated in review like anything else (though their chances of being approved are lower than most projects’). But no new product ideas based on those licenses will be accepted.
  6. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Edit: never mind.
  7. Blondie-Wan

    Best Lego Ideas projects

    With the recent Ideas site redesign I’m no longer sure how to get image URLs from there on a phone, but this project MJC’s Traditional Cuisine, a modular-style restaurant, is a worth a look - a LEGO building that’s only more compelling on the inside. It currently has 8713 supports as I write this, but it also has just 19 days remaining, so it may very well not achieve the 10k support goal, which would be a shame after getting this far.
  8. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    The Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 LEGO Speed Champions project by AbFab1974 has achieved 10,000 supports, becoming the seventh product idea to enter the current batch. Congratulations!
  9. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Ah, right! I remember now. I supported it earlier, I’m happy to report. It’s a very fine-looking engine, I must say. Best of luck!
  10. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Done. Best of luck! Very cool! That’s a fantastic opportunity. What project is it? I think that’s actually the primary obstacle (beyond LEGO’s assessment of the business case and whether they’d want to allocate resources to this over something else). I don’t think the threat of swallowing an element is actually a huge issue, as they can address it by simply choosing an appropriate age range, but complying with food safety regulations would likely mean dealing with inspectors for certification, possibly subjecting entire bins of elements for inspection. We all know the bricks are nontoxic for toy safety, but complying with food safety regs would probably mean an additional layer of hassles that’s possibly just not worth it to them even if the parts are already easily in compliance. But again, you never know. And if and when the idea does get declined, we won’t know for sure if it was for that reason. ____________________________________ After a few weeks with the Ideas site redesign, I regretfully still haven’t warmed up to it. When we went from the old LEGO CUUSOO site to the first “LEGO Ideas” version, the transition was much smoother; everything seemed more natural and intuitive. The current design feels like a step backwards. I’m learning my way around it, though...
  11. Blondie-Wan

    Do you tsundoku sets?

    Oh, jeez, way way way too many. I have so many that I could actually put some of the smaller ones together in less time than it would take to list them all.
  12. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Engines of one sort of another have been the subject matter of model kits and such, so clearly some market exists. That’s not to say this product idea is a sure thing, but I wouldn’t completely discount the possibility (especially after recent years have shown us all how unpredictable the review results can be to those of us on the outside). As far the space projects, again, one never knows. I don’t know how much of a conflict there’ll be with the existing Apollo Saturn V set - that set has been out a year already, while this batch hasn’t even closed yet and formally entered review (that’ll happen in late August or early September). The review results will be announced probably early next year, about a year and a half after the Saturn V was released, and then it will be even more months before whatever sets are announced are released. Anything’s possible, but I don’t know that LEGO is going to be too concerned about cannibalizing sales of a set that would be two years old by then anyway.
  13. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
  14. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I think your point is only a potential issue for very young children, for whom LEGO doesn’t design its System / non-DUPLO sets anyway. A child who would mistake one of these elements for an M&M could just as easily eat an element from any random LEGO set, but they haven’t discontinued all LEGO production and ceased operations because of that.
  15. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    They’ve finally added congratulatory official LEGO comments to all the projects that have reached 10k supports now, including this M&M’s dispenser. Indeed (in fact, according to Wikipedia, Smarties actually inspired M&M’s), but given that the product idea is clearly, specifically designated an M&M’s dispenser (and submitted in commemoration of the candy’s anniversary), they might not be willing to change that. It’s likely a certain percentage of the votes came from people who don’t just like small candies of this type in general but are specifically fans of the M&M’s brand in particular. Changing the branding could be seen as altering a fundamental aspect of the idea, even if the physical brick build were kept exactly the same (in much the same way changing an idea for a Ford Mustang into one for a Chevrolet Camaro or a generic car would be seen as turning an idea into something fundamentally different from what its supporters had supported).